Here at Lazygamer we’re all about community. It’s all about you guys, the readers. We are – as some of you know, pretty active on social media – particularly Twitter, and probably not quite as active of Facebook as we should be. Did you know though, that most of the guys who bring you new games every week are also active and that they’d like to interface with you, the people who buy their games? Whether on Facebook or Twitter, each distributor has a presence and can be a good source of information that’s beyond our scope. That, and they run some pretty sweet competitions sometimes.
That, and they’re fun to bug when stuff doesn’t work.
Here’s your guide to the local distributors and their social media presence – complete with their numbers of fans and followers to make it interesting.
These are the guys that are mostly responsible for the budget gaming stuff you see when you walk in to a store. Though known for more casual fare like the excellent retail version of PopCap games and those hidden object , they’ve also got some major publishes in their line-up, like 505 Games – who brings you Majesco’s titles, Zumba fitness, Sniper Elite V2 and IL2 Sturmovik.
They’re the local branch of Electronics Arts – what’s more to say? Of course they’re responsible for bringing in favourites like Need for Speed, Mass Effect, FIFA, Battlefield and Tiger Woods – at a cheaper price because there’re fewer middle men.
Quite probably the country’s largest distributor of third party titles, the list of publishers Megarom serves means it’s incredibly unlikely you don’t have a game that’s passed through their hands. Responsible for 2K Games, Activision-Blizzard, Ubisoft, Rockstar, Namco and more, Megarom’s got your gaming needs covered.
Nintendo’s either been missing or terribly mismanaged for much of South African gaming history – but that all changed when Core took over, introducing the Wii, DS and most recently the 3DS to South African gamers. If Mario’s involved, you can bet they’re behind it.
Nu Metro Interactive
They’re not responsible for too much these days – but they’re the reason you got to play Mortal Kombat, Lord of The Rings: War in the North, Arkham City, and the guy’s who’ll be bringing you Gotham City Imposters.
The local house of all things PlayStation is not only the source for Sony’s gaming hardware and first party titles; Ster-Kinekor also has a third party portfolio that includes THQ, Konami, Capcom, Bethesda, and more recently, SEGA.
They bring you the Xbox 360 , they brought Kinect — and after years of begging they brought you Xbox Live. They also have some of the best service and support in the country, with some of the country’s cutest PR reps to boot.
That should be pretty much everyone. There may be one or two smaller distributors, but their presence on social media is negligible. Oh yes, you can “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter too.
*Information correct at time of writing.